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CHAR­ENTE (16) Av­er­age house price: €110,000

Just 50,000 peo­ple live in Char­ente’s cap­i­tal of An­goulême which gives you some idea of the tran­quil­lity that you can en­joy here. The River Char­ente runs through the de­part­ment, past river­side vil­lages, co­gnac vine­yards and un­spoilt land­scapes.

COR­RÈZE (19) Av­er­age house price: €95,000

Par­tially cov­ered by the Mill­e­vaches Regional Na­ture Park, Cor­rèze has spec­tac­u­lar scenery. Li­mousin cat­tle are fa­mous all over the world so beef and veal dishes are hugely pop­u­lar, as is fresh, sea­sonal pro­duce. There’s even an an­nual fes­ti­val in Beaulieu-sur-Dor­dogne to cel­e­brate the first straw­ber­ries of the year.

*CREUSE (23)

Cows out­num­ber peo­ple in Creuse so it’s a great place to live if you don’t want many neigh­bours. With lots of lakes (Lac de Vas­sivière is one of France’s largest with a spe­cific zone for wa­ter­sports) and walk­ing routes through its rolling green hills, Creuse is the place for lovers of the great out­doors.

DEUX-SÈVRES (79) Av­er­age house price: €109,000

Deux-Sèvres has lots of his­toric towns in­clud­ing the for­ti­fied Parthenay, and is also home to the Marais Poitevin, an area criss­crossed by a net­work of canals and known as France’s ‘Green Venice’. This could be the ideal place to find a wa­ter­side prop­erty.

DOR­DOGNE (24) Av­er­age house price: €118,000

With warm, sunny sum­mers, mild win­ters and peace­ful coun­try­side dot­ted with beau­ti­ful vil­lages and quaint towns, it’s no sur­prise that Dor­dogne is still a firm favourite with the Brits. What might be sur­pris­ing is just how cheap the prop­erty is.

HAUTE-VIENNE (87) Av­er­age house price: €117,500

A rolling land­scape of forests, lakes, rivers and cas­tles, Haute-Vienne has been com­pared to the Bri­tish coun­try­side in the mid-20th cen­tury. It’s also fa­mous for ap­ples (around 80 va­ri­eties are grown in the de­part­ment) and it’s where the cherry dessert clafoutis orig­i­nates.

LOT-ET-GARONNE (47) Av­er­age house price: €125,000

With an in­ter­est­ing past, Lot-et-Garonne is dot­ted with bastide vil­lages and over 300 pi­geon­niers, with lots of for­ti­fied towns and cas­tles to ex­plore. The abun­dance of lakes means fish­ing is a pop­u­lar pas­time while the cy­cle paths along the river are an ideal way to see the de­part­ment on two wheels.

VIENNE (86) Av­er­age house price: €125,000

An ac­tive farm­ing area, Vienne is a place of rolling green hills and golden sun­flower fields that en­joys mild sum­mers and win­ters. A ru­ral idyll, there is also plenty of Ro­manesque ar­chi­tec­ture to ap­pre­ci­ate, par­tic­u­larly in the cap­i­tal of Poitiers, while the quaint streets in Mont­mo­ril­lon are lined with book­shops and artist stu­dios.

Low­est av­er­age house prices in France: €64,300

Dor­dogne is as pop­u­lar as ever, yet prices are still within reach

A leisurely stroll in Cor­rèze

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